Thursday, 27 February 2014

Catarrh - The Big Tissue

The Bogey Man (who's made of snot, phlegm and catarrh)


Noun. Early 16th century.
[French catarrhe from late Latin catarrhus from Greek katarrhous,
from katarrhein run down, formed as CATA- + rhein flow.]

1 (An) excessive discharge of mucus from inflamed membranes, especially in the nose and throat;
(an) inflammation producing this. E16

2 obsolete. Cerebral effusion or haemorrhage; apoplexy. M16-E18

catarrhal adj. of the nature of, involving, pertaining to, or affected with catarrh. M17
catarrhous adj. = CATARRHAL. L16

Catarrh means 'flowing down', which is aptly disgusting, and also sounds a lot like guitar, which is confusing, and often left me wondering why my parents kept saying they had to do something about my brother's guitar. Still, it was the same snotty brother that threatened me with the bogey man, a catarrh-constructed phantom that subsequently haunted me for much of my childhood. So good; I hope they did do something about his guitar; serves him right.

A guitar, which sounds like catarrh

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  1. Catarrh was originally a Flemish word.

  2. Gosh! Upon loading this page, and seeing that green apparition, I was jolted aback! No lie!
    Sure glad it's noseless, as that probably would've caused a complete melt down! :)

    Hope your brother's 'guitar' was sorted out!!

    1. Good, though, innit! Original artwork of the Bogey Man by me ... in adulthood ... with the help and artistic direction of my daughter.


    2. Yes it is very good indeed!
      Tell your little sweetie she taught you well! :)

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